Great Britain’s women will play Japan for fifth place in the Wanglibao Champions Trophy in Changzhou, China on Sunday (push back 6 am GMT) after losing their final round-robin match to Argentina, 1-0.
Japan beat Australia 3-1 earlier on Saturday to have a chance of playing China for bronze, but Argentina’s victory took them up to fourth above Japan.
Australia will play the Netherlands for the title after China lost 2-1 to the Dutch.
The only goal of the Argentina match came in the second minute after Julieta Jankunas forced a save from Sabbie Heesh and Argentina won a video referral asking for a penalty corner. During the penalty corner routine, Victoria Sauze pounced on a rebound to put Argentina ahead.
Great Britain had three successive penalty corner awards starting in the tenth minute, but Team GB’s Amy Costello shot wide right from the third routine. Argentina could have doubled their lead near the end of the first quarter when Lucina von der Heyde fired wide right of the goal.
Within a minute of the second quarter starting, Maria Granatto’s shot ended up in the left side netting of the goal. Team GB had an excellent opportunity to level in the 24th minute but Sarah Jones could only watch as her shot, headed for the top left corner was brilliantly stick saved by Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi.
Just before half time, Heesh saved from Agustina Habif from Argentina’s third penalty corner, the second, awarded three minutes earlier having gone safely over the crossbar.
The third quarter ended with Delfina Merino receiving an aerial pass and forcing a save from Heesh to keep Team GB in the game.
With 7 minutes and 14 seconds, Team GB made their last throw of the dice, taking off Heesh and installing Surbiton’s Hollie Pearne-Webb as a kicking back. Argentina successfully countered, the only real threat coming with two minutes remaining after Argentina lost their video referral challenging a push in the back by Merino on Lily Owsley, which resulted in a penalty corner. However, Team GB failed to take advantage, conceding a free hit and Argentina successfully ran down the clock to secure their place in the bronze medal match.
Surbiton’s Sarah Evans (who received a green card in the third quarter); Giselle Ansley; Pearne-Webb and Erica Sanders were all in the Team GB starting line-up along with Heesh. Hannah Martin came on as fifth minute substitute.
More information about the tournament can be found at the FIH website
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